The Friends of Georgia Archives and History (FOGAH) will host an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Georgia Archives on Saturday, August 18, beginning at 4:30 pm EST in Morrow.
The celebration will begin at the Georgia Archives lobby, located at 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow at 4:30pm with a reception and a chance to see the current exhibit on Georgia’s earliest land records. Attendees will then move next door to the National Archives at Atlanta, for a program featuring dinner and special speakers.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will speak at the event, as will United States Archivist David Ferriero. Other speakers will include Steve Engerrand, Deputy State Archivist, and Georgia State Senator Valencia Seay.
After its founding in 1918, the Georgia Archives occupied a small area in the state capitol. In 1929 it moved to Rhodes Hall on Peachtree Street which housed the state’s records until Georgia opened a new Archives and Records Building in 1965. The Archives moved to its current home in Morrow, Georgia adjacent to the National Archives Atlanta and Clayton State University in 2003.
As the repository for official state government records, the Georgia Archives collects, provides access and preserves the permanently-valuable public records of the State of Georgia. The Georgia Archives also collects and maintains papers of private citizens and organizations which complement the government records collection and are relevant to Georgia’s history.